RICKY RUDD -- No. 88 Combo's Ford Fusion (finished 13th) DID EXPERIENCE MEAN ANYTHING TODAY? "No, I just think we had a good race car. That was the main thing, we had a good race car. You get a good race car, a decent race car -- I did my part,...
RICKY RUDD -- No. 88 Combo's Ford Fusion (finished 13th)
DID EXPERIENCE MEAN ANYTHING TODAY? "No, I just think we had a good race car. That was the main thing, we had a good race car. You get a good race car, a decent race car -- I did my part, didn't get in any wrecks, it seems like that's what happens to us most of the time. It was just a good, solid day."
WHAT COULD YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED WITHOUT THE SPEEDING PENALTY? "I don't think it changed a whole lot, it really didn't. Shortly after that they had a pit cycle, and we stayed on the track and a bunch pitted. That put us right back in the hunt, and then later on we got our caution, so it really didn't change anything. I don't quite understand it. Like I said, we were running with a group of cars and we were speeding. I guess it is what it is. Our biggest deal is the car was just a little off all day. It was balanced well, but it just needed a little bit more grip. I'm not sure if it's aero or chassis, but considering where we've been all year -- we've had some decent runs and have never been able to capitalize. Today we just didn't have anything go wrong."
WHAT CAN YOU TAKE OUT OF TODAY'S PERFORMANCE? "It's just that we didn't have anything go wrong. We had a pit-road speeding there, but we were able to rebound and it didn't kill us, the way it all turned out. Like I say, we weren't a winning car; we had a few more spots there we might've been able to pick up at the end, but I had a brake issue that was getting pretty severe. I went down on the inside of Bobby Labonte late in the race, went down in there going into one, and it went to the floorboard. I just about took us out, took two or three of us out, so after that I had to lay back a little bit. I think at the end we probably could've got by Kyle Busch for sure, but that probably could've been as far as we could go."
BILL ELLIOTT -- No. 21 Air Force Ford Fusion (finished 18th)
"Well, it's all we needed, was just a good, solid, strong run. We were trying to stay out of trouble. I told the guys we weren't trying to push it too hard on those re-starts because we really needed to finish today and keep the fenders on it. When the sun went in, the car got too tight and that's what I fought. We put two tires on that next-to-last stop, and that really hurt. I would've been better off if I could've come in and gotten the build-up out of it, and then went again. The starts and the stops and the starts and the stops gets those tires built up, and that just makes it worse."
A PERFORMANCE TODAY AT A TRACK AS DIFFICULT AS THIS ONE, DOES THAT MAKE THIS FINISH MEAN EVEN MORE? "Like I said the other day, now I feel good and comfortable in the car. I feel like I know what I'm looking for now, and I've just got to continue to work on that. There are just a few cars that have got their act together, and that's what you're fighting against right now. And we just need to continue to work toward that. For Len and Eddie [Wood] and all the guys, and the Air Force, and all those supporters -- we just got to keep nibbling away at it."
DAVID GILLILAND -- No. 38 M&M's Ford Fusion (finished 39th)
"We started out great and then it just kept getting tighter and tighter and tighter and tighter, and we just never could get a handle on it. The track tightened up and we could never get where we needed to be. This Ford Fusion just got tighter and tighter and we just couldn't free it up. I don't know what we missed, but we missed something today. We started out good, and felt really good about the car, but just missed something there."
ON THIS RACE AT POCONO COMPARED TO THE RACE HERE IN JUNE. "We ran 10 times better than the first time here. I just don't understand on the car what happened. We'll figure it out. We'll get it back to the shop and look and try to get it figured out.
-credit: ford racing